Hardscaping includes all the hard material (texture-wise, not difficulty level) in your yard. These are the solid, unchanging aspects of your landscaping.
We complete hardscaping items such as:
- Outdoor kitchens
- Outdoor seating
- Water features
- Fire pits and fireplaces
- Retaining walls
The opposite is softscaping, which would include the horticultural elements in your yard, such as grass, flowers, gardens, trees, shrubs, and so forth.
Hardscaping can include a lot. Although we complete work on all of the above-listed hardscapes, the most frequent part of hardscaping we get asked about is retaining walls, so we’re including more information on that here.
Commonly used when space is at a premium, retaining walls allow folks to enjoy more usable areas while also adding texture and character to your surroundings.
They can also be utilized to stabilize a property’s landscape and control erosion, increasing the safety and value of a property.
A key aspect of effective, long-lasting, high quality retaining walls is proper drainage management.
Most retaining walls are impervious, meaning they don’t allow water to pass through them. Unaddressed drainage can cause build-up of that water, causing cracking or bulging in your wall from the hydrostatic pressure.
Drainage plans vary with the design of your retaining wall, and are carefully weighed and suggested depending on:
- Soil type
- Size of retaining wall
- Chosen wall materials
What sizes are available?
Clients often ask us what the minimum size is for a retaining wall.
Simply put (pun intended): there is no minimum!
Some folks are looking for a small rock wall to accent a sweet flower bed. Others may be looking for a wall completely utilitarian in effect, exclusively for controlling erosion. No job is too big or too small.
It should be noted that permitting is required for walls above a certain height. This is typical and we’re glad to help facilitate this.
Contact us today to discuss your vision for your landscape and for a professional evaluation of the options available for you.
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